Kallis returns to ODI squad

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Veteran all-rounder Jacques Kallis has been named in South Africa's squad for November and December's ODI series against Pakistan and India respectively.

Veteran all-rounder Jacques Kallis has been named in South Africa's squad for November and December's ODI series against Pakistan and India respectively.

Batsman Faf du Plessis, who is getting married and going on honeymoon, has been omitted – and Robin Peterson has been dropped.

Leg-spinner Imran Tahir's outstanding form in Test match and Twenty20 International competition has brought a recall to the 14-man ODI party. Opener Graeme Smith, too, has been included – after recovering from Post-concussion syndrome endured in the United Arab Emirates recently.

Kallis has not played ODI cricket since February 2012 – and made himself unavailable for selection for the Champions Trophy in the United Kingdom earlier this year.

"The return of Kallis means that Faf has to drop out," said selection convener Andrew Hudson. "As well as Ryan McLaren and Wayne Parnell have done as emerging all-rounders, it is very welcome news to have Jacques back as our premium all-rounder.

"There is no substitute for the experience he brings to the game. We have a number of young batting talents in the squad such as Quinton de Kock and David Miller and the more experience they have around them, the better it will be for their development.

"Graeme Smith also returns to the squad after making a complete recovery from his injury. We have dropped Peterson out of the squad as Imran is in outstanding form and we are unlikely to use more than one specialist spinner in a home series."

The Proteas first ODI – in a three-match series – against the Pakistanis will get underway at Newlands in Cape Town on Sunday. The three-game series against the Indians will start at the Wanderers in Johannesburg on 5 December.

<b>Squad:</b> AB de Villiers, Hashim Amla, Quinton de Kock, JP Duminy, Imran Tahir, Jacques Kallis, Ryan McLaren, David Miller, Morne Morkel, Wayne Parnell, Vernon Philander, Graeme Smith, Dale Steyn, Lonwabo Tsotsobe.

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